Sample Cases for Case Brief Assignment

I spoke with a few students after class yesterday about the case brief assignment.  For the avoidance of any doubt, the case you select must be a published decision.  A lawsuit that settled out of court or was adjudicated without a published decision would not qualify for the assignment.  As I mentioned yesterday, it would be best if you select a case that pertains to a sport or subject matter of interest to you.  If you can’t think of anything, I can help.  Note – the fourteen cases set forth in the textbook are not eligible for selection as a part of this assignment.  Over the course of the next few days, I will list a number of cases that would be possible choices.  The parenthetical following each case citation is my summary of the case.  Remember, I need to approve your case selection on or before October 16, 2007.  First come, first served.  After a case is reserved by a classmate, it will not be available to others.  After you have reserved your case and are armed with the case name and its accompanying citations, there are two options for obtaining copies of the case you reserve.  The first option is to walk to the IU Law School Library and have a reference librarian point you towards the case in the stacks.  You can then photocopy the case.  The second option is to go to and register (it is free).  After you register, you can type in the case name and/or citation and an electronic copy will be provided that you can print off.  I will need a copy of the case too, so please give me a copy no later than October 16, 2007.

Here are some sample cases that you may find interesting:   

Ross v. Creighton University, 957 F.2d 410 (7th Cir. 1992) (educational negligence claim brought by former basketball player)

Rodgers v. Georgia Tech, 303 S.E.2d 467 (Ga. Ct. App. 1983) (breach of contract claim brought by former football coach)

NCAA v. Tarkanian, 488 U.S. 179 (1988) (claim by former basketball coach and decision whether the NCAA is a “state actor” under the U.S. Constitution)

TSSAA v. Brentwood Academy, 551 U.S. ____ (2007) (recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding due process issues between a state high school athletics association and a subject school)

Bloom v. NCAA, 93 P.3d 621 (Colo. App. 2004) (claim by skier and Univ. of Colorado football player regarding eligibility)

Williams v. School Dist. of Bethlehem, 998 F.2d 168 (3d Cir. 1993) (plaintiff boy sued for right to play on high school girls field hockey team)

Cohen v. Brown University, 101 F.3d 155 (1st Cir. 1996) (class action discrimination lawsuit against college athletic department)

Pederson v. LSU, 213 F.3d 858 (5th Cir. 2000) (discrimination lawsuit against college athletic department)

Kelley v. Univ. of Illinois, 35 F.3d 265 (7th Cir. 1994) (members of the men’s swimming team sued after the university decided to drop the program)

Stanley v. USC, 178 F.3d 1069 (9th Cir. 1999) (former women’s basketball coach sued on the basis of discrimination and breach of contract)

Speakers of Sport v. ProServ, 178 F.3d 862 (7th Cir. 1999) (agent sues competitor after losing top baseball client)

Brown v. Woolf, 554 F.Supp. 1206 (S.D. Ind. 1983) (hockey player sues agent citing breach of fiduciary duty)

Hackbart v. Cincinnati Bengals, 601 F.2d 516 (10th Cir. 1979) (issue whether tort liability arises if injury is sustained during the course of a football game)

Westbororough Country Club v. Palmer, 204 F.2d 143 (8th Cir. 1953) (issue whether golf club has liability for injuries incurred off the course)

Marrone v. Washington Jockey Club, 227 U.S. 633 (1913) (plaintiff sued race track after being denied entry to the event)

Jones v. Childers, 18 F.3d 899 (8th Cir. 1994) (pertaining to the fiduciary duty between a sports agent and a client)

Bias v. Advantage International, 905 F.2d 1558 (D.C. Cir. 1990) (estate of deceased Univ. of Maryland basketball star sued agent)

New England Patriots v. Univ. of Colorado, 592 F.2d 1196 (1st Cir. 1979) (pro team sued college for intentional interference with contractual relations in case involving football coach Chuck Fairbanks)

Ali v. Playgirl, 447 F. Supp. 723 (SDNY 1978) (boxing champ sues magazine over depiction in issue)

Tiger Woods v. Jireh Publishing, 332 F.3d 915 (6th Cir. 2001) (golfer sues artist over painting)

Abdul-Jabbar v. General Motors, 85 F.3d 407 (9th Cir. 1995) (former basketball star sues auto manufacturer over TV commercial)

NBA v. Motorola, 105 F.3d 841 (2d Cir. 1997) (league sues pager service over transmittal of real-time game scores)

Knapp v. Northwestern Univ., 101 F.3d 473 (7th Cir. 1996) (player with known heart ailment sues for right to play on college basketball team)

Sandison v. Michigan High School Athletic Assoc., 64 F.3d 1026 (6th Cir. 1995) (nineteen year old students sue for right to play high school sports)

Bowers v. NCAA, 9 F.Supp.2d 460 (D.N.J. 1998) (“nonqualifier” sues NCAA for right to play sports as a college freshman)

Reynolds v. IAAF, 23 F.3d 1110 (6th Cir. 1994) (400 meter star sues following positive drug test)

Lindland v. U.S. Wrestling Assoc., 227 F.3d 1000 (7th Cir. 2000) (Olympic wrestling hopeful sues after being denied a spot on the team for the 2000 Olympic Games)

Walters and Bloom v. Fullwood, 675 F.Supp. 155 (SDNY 1987) (another agent-related dispute involving Walters and Bloom determining whether player-agent contract was legal/enforceable)

Zinn v. Parrish, 644 F.2d 360 (7th Cir. 1981) (agent-related dispute about whether sports agent acted as an “investment advisor” in the course of providing services)

Black v. NFLPA, 87 F.Supp. 2d (D.D.C. 2000) (agent challenged union’s arbitration proceedings)

Forbes v. Eagleson, 228 F.3d 471 (3d Cir. 2000) (former NHL players sue NHLPA chief)